Dowrich impresses with century
A classy knock of 120 off 117 balls by wicketkeeper/batsman Shane Dowrich propelled Ashley Nurse’s XI to a three-wicket victory over Kevin Stoute’s XI in a trial match at the Wanderers Cricket ground today.
Stoute won the toss and his team posted 280 for six from their allotted 50 overs and in response Nurse’s XI knocked off the runs with three balls to spare scoring 284 for seven in 49. 3 overs to hand Stoute’s XI their third consecutive defeat in the on-going trial series.
Dowrich undoubtedly impressed the selectors with his hundred that included 13 fours and one six. The right-handed batsman ton this afternoon came after scoring one and 23 in the two previous trial matches being played in preparation for the NAGICO Super50 competition scheduled to take place in Trinidad and Tobago next month.
Dowrich was not the only one putting bat to ball, however. Highly talented and in-form wicketkeeper/batsman Shai Hope produced a polished 96 and formed a solid fourth-wicket partnership of 171 with his captain Stoute who made 82 when they batted earlier.
Hope continues to pile runs on the board and his knock today followed on his 109 and 36 not out in the two previous matches played at the St Catherine’s ground in St Philip last week. Two other batsmen so far have scored hundreds including Shamarh Brooks with 103 and Kyle Hope, 111. Kyle is the elder brother of Shai.
So far no bowler in the three matches played has been able to capture any five- wicket or major haul with the majority of bowlers managing only to pick up two wickets at maximum. Today was no different with fast bowler Carlos Brathwaite being the most impressive of the lot with two for 29 from seven overs for Nurse’s XI. Medium pacer Javon Searles also picked up two for 53 from his allotted 10 overs along with Jamar Griffith who took two for 74 from his spell of ten overs.
Opener Kyle Corbin played well at the top to give Nurse’s XI a good start with a knock of 47 but what really sealed the deal for Nurse’s side was the six-wicket partnership of 110 put on by Dowrich and number seven batsman Mario Rampersaud who scored 35 before exiting, caught by Stoute off the bowling of Roston Chase.
With Dowrich and Rampersaud dismissed, skipper Nurse came in at number eight and Carlos Brathwaite subsequently at nine and saw the innings through in grand style with Brathwaite hitting two fours and two huge sixes to finish off the innings.